Hosting a Favorites Party

Hosting a Favorites Party

I’m not sure where I first saw the favorites party idea.  It was probably Pinterest as it is the database of all great ideas.   I decided this was the year to give it a try.  After much debate, I decided to host a party over the holidays.  Although, I do think there are other times of the year that might work even better.  I reached out to my trust online invitation source and threw together an invitation and sent those off.  I wanted to give plenty of notice to my guests so that they could fit this into their schedule and their budgets.

On my invitation I told guests to bring 3 favorites things and to bring two of each.  Really, the number is arbitrary.  You can have them bring as many or as few as you like.  I also asked them to keep their items at $10 or less.  Each guest would then spend approximately $60 on items (or less), but would leave with six new favorite items.  Now, I was ready to get to work on the party.

I am, by nature, a planner.  I make lists and check them off regularly.  During the planning process, I had a list going at all times.  Before the week of the party, I had created favorites tags (for guests to label their items) and exchange tickets.   I used my Silhouette to letter each and cut them out of red card stock.

 

Next, I put three tags and six tickets in a cellophane bag with these adorable glitter clips.  Guests used the clips to tag their item or as a stand for their tags.  We set up all the favorites on my dining table so we had room for everything.  I used some cake stands to vary the height of items so they would be easier to see.

 

Whenever I host a party, I love to offer a party favor.  It’s usually just a small token of appreciation for coming to my party.  In addition, it’s another opportunity for me to play up whatever theme I’ve used for the party.  Well, this party was no exception.  If you’re going to leave with six new favorites, you need a way to carry them all.  So, I made up these cute little tote bags.

Now, I was ready for the party.  The party was scheduled for December 2, so I had plenty of motivation to get my house decorated ~ which was actually a good thing.  I work well with a deadline. 🙂  Besides the usual Christmas decoration, I didn’t need much else.  I added some fresh flowers and made up this glittery banner to go along with my theme, “Merry & Bright.”

On the day of the party, guests were greeted by this banner and ushered over to the table to label their favorites.

Hosting a favorites party was a highlight of the holiday season for me. Here's how to do it.

 

Hosting a favorites party was a highlight of the holiday season for me. Here's how to do it.

Then it was “come on in, and get some food!”

Hosting a favorites party was a highlight of the holiday season for me. Here's how to do it.

 

Hosting a favorites party was a highlight of the holiday season for me. Here's how to do it.

 

Hosting a favorites party was a highlight of the holiday season for me. Here's how to do it.

 

Hosting a favorites party was a highlight of the holiday season for me. Here's how to do it.

 

Hosting a favorites party was a highlight of the holiday season for me. Here's how to do it.

 

Hosting a favorites party was a highlight of the holiday season for me. Here's how to do it.

I tried to keep the food all small bites.  So I served cucumber sandwiches scones, veggies, mini quiches, and assorted sweets.  It was just enough!

Hosting a favorites party was a highlight of the holiday season for me. Here's how to do it.

 

Hosting a favorites party was a highlight of the holiday season for me. Here's how to do it.

 

Hosting a favorites party was a highlight of the holiday season for me. Here's how to do it.

Hosting a favorites party was a highlight of the holiday season for me. Here's how to do it.

We enjoyed cocktails and chatted for a bit, but then got right down to picking new favorites.  Each guest was allowed to redeem one ticket at a time.  We spread the times to select items out a bit so that it wasn’t a mad rush to grab all at once.  Before our first pick, I asked guests to share their favorites.

Hosting a favorites party was a highlight of the holiday season for me. Here's how to do it.

Hosting a favorites party was a highlight of the holiday season for me. Here's how to do it.

The selection of items was great!  We had candles, lotions, makeup, tea and cocktails, and some adorable leather earrings ~ really a little bit of everything.

Hosting a favorites party was a highlight of the holiday season for me. Here's how to do it.

 

Hosting a favorites party was a highlight of the holiday season for me. Here's how to do it.

SO, I need to get better at photographing for this blog; however, I hope this at least give you some ideas for hosting your own favorites party.  We all had such a good time and I will definitely be hosting another one.   Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Now tell me, have you ever been to a favorites party?

 

Until next time ~

12 Comments

  1. I found you on #TwinklyTuesday. I love this idea! When I first read the title, I thought it was just going to be a party of favorite foods. But actual things to take home is even better. Then I thought you could make your food selection fun by having them bring 2 favorite gift items and 1favorite food! Or something like that. Just a thought, but thanks for the fun idea! I could see this working for large families where gifting to a lot of people becomes overwhelming!

    1. Author

      Yes! That’s a great idea to do it with a big family. I hadn’t even thought about that. I like that. Also, by having guests bring a favorite food as well hosting becomes even easier. Thanks for YOUR ideas!

  2. I’ve never heard of a favorites party but it sounds and looks like lots of fun.

  3. This is the first I’ve heard of a favourites party, but I love the idea. I think your pictures really brought it to life too, Jenny. And you got the ideas flowing, making me think I could possibly pull this off for the holidays. 🙂
    Wishing you Christmas blessings!
    Marva | SunSparkleShine

    1. Author

      Oh that’s fantastic! I hope you do one Marva, and make sure to come back and tell me all about it. 🙂

  4. This is a really a great new party idea. You would also leave with small items that other people recommend. It would be fun to try and think of the items to share as well.

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